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No one left behind dh [sound recording] : [the Lt. Comdr. Michael Scott Speicher story]
Yarsinske, Amy Waters, 1963-
Publication Information:
Roseland, NJ : Listen & Live Audio, [2002]

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4 audio discs (4.5 hrs.)
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Subtitle from container.


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Audiobook on CD


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DS79.A47 Y372 2002C Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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Amy Waters Yarsinske, a former intelligence officer breaks the incredible true story of Lt. Comdr. Michael Scott Speicher, the first American pilot shot down during the Gulf War, found alive in Iraqi custody eleven years after the US government left him for dead

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Publisher's Weekly Review

It was a wise editorial decision to have the author read the preface-in her pleasant, no-nonsense country voice-to this amazingly timely audio version of her new book about a U.S. Navy fighter pilot who's likely being held prisoner in Iraq 11 years after Desert Storm. Along with Aselford's competent but definitely low-key reading of the rest of the book, it gives the entire production a feeling of an overheard conversation between knowledgeable friends, adding a depth of believability and confidence that fancier, more melodramatic treatment might have weakened. If Lt. Commander Speicher, shot down during the Gulf War and first listed as killed in action, is indeed alive-as Yarsinske's painstaking, Pulitzer Prize-nominated research seems to indicate-it could cause many Americans to look at President Bush's plans for Iraq with new eyes. Her presentation of material from top government and military officials, diplomats, pilots, informers and Iraqi defectors make the book even more authentic. Simultaneous release with the Dutton hardcover. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and former naval intelligence officer, Yarsinske interviewed over 500 persons and dealt with 6500 pieces of e-mail over an eight-year period (1994-2002) in her quest to report on the plight of Speicher, the first casualty of the Desert Storm conflict. In January 1991, Speicher flew off the carrier Saratoga in his F-18 Hornet and vanished in a fireball. Shortly afterward, then Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Colin Powell declared him dead, the first American killed in action during that war. Uncertainty prevailed among Speicher's fellow pilots as sightings were reported by a Kuwaiti army colonel who may have met him in an Iraqi hospital and other evidence suggested that he may be alive. Yarsinske provides meticulous details of flight operations; military and political wrangling; intelligence operations; and other concerns culled from the aforementioned interviews and correspondence, and her reporting resulted in a first-time event-the status of a presumed killed in action was changed to missing in action. Since January 2001 Speicher is assumed to be alive in Iraq. The author provides a poignant preface in her own voice, and Terence Aselford's well-spoken narrative of the documentation offers a thought-provoking and, given recent events, timely account of why Speicher is in this situation. An important addition to audiobook collections.-Steven J. Mayover, formerly with Free Lib. of Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.